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Use our handy Resource Library. We know you are always looking for information and tips you can utilize as you manage recreational facilities.

Below is a list of the resource documents available through the RFABC Resource Library. The RFABC Resource Library is provided for the exclusive use of RFABC Members.

If you are a RFABC Member in good standing you may use the Member Login to access these resource materials.

If you are not a RFABC Member, Membership is available on-line using our Membership Application Form.


 Annual General Meeting

AGM 2015

Recreation Facilities Association of BC – Facility to Facility Magazine

Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel – Leisure Lines Magazine

  • Fall 2010
  • Fall 2011
  • Fall 2012
  • Spring 2011
  • Spring 2012
  • Summer 2011
  • Summer 2012
  • Winter 2010
  • Winter 2011
  • Winter 2012

Recreation New Brunswick – Recreation and Parks Outlook Newsletter

  • January 2012
  • June 2011
  • November 2011

Aquatic Centre Management/Maintenance

  • ... "ATE" Your Pool: 5 Simple Steps to Improving Indoor Air Quality at your Facility
  • AED Zoll Maintenance Checklist Canadian Red Cross
  • Canadian Red Cross – Operational Best Practices for Aquatic Facilities
  • Fitness trend: Will high-tech gyms be the future?
  • Functional Planning your Fitness Space
  • Getting Value From Splash Play
  • H20 Fitness and Adventure Centre
  • New Pool Regulation effective October 8, 2010
  • Operating Guidelines for Non-Regulated Water Facilities Ontario
  • Pool Issues
  • Public Aquatic Facility Safety Standards (Lifesaving Society)
  • Public Health Act – Swimming Pool, Spray Pool and Wading Pool Regulations
  • Recycling your Swimming Pool Water
  • Semipublic Swimming Pool Safety Standards (Lifesaving Society)
  • Spa Operator's Manual, Toronto Public Health
  • Swimming Pool Basics
  • Swimming Pool Operators Manual, Toronto Public Health
  • The Beijing Water Cube
  • Winterizing an Outdoor Swimming Pool

Arena Management/Maintenance

  • 11 Low Cost Ways to Reduce Your Rink’s Utility Bill (SaskPower and SPRA)
  • 11 Zero Cost Ways to Reduce Your Rink’s Utility Bill (SaskPower and SPRA)
  • A Brief History of the WHL In B.C.
  • Ammonia, the "Green" Refrigerant
  • Arena Maintenance
  • Arena Operator Guidelines, Mycom Reciprocating Compressor
  • Arena Sound System Overview - Can You Hear Me Now
  • B52 Mechanical Refrigeration Code
  • BC Safety Standards Act
  • Conventional Ice Rink Refrigeration versus Geothermal Ice Rink Systems
  • Corporate/Commercial Advertising in Recreation
  • Curling History in Canada
  • Custodial Basics
  • Determining your Facilities Replacement
  • Embodied Energy
  • Energy Efficiency Tips for Curling Rinks (Curl Canada)
  • Energy Efficient Arenas: It’s in our Power (ORFA)
  • Energy Management Manual for Arena and Rink Operators (SaskPower and SPRA)
  • Featured Facility - The Enerplex, Fort St. John
  • Geothermal Ice Arenas
  • Guidelines for Evaluating Arena Dasherboard and Shielding Systems (ORFA)
  • Hazard Alert Slips and Trips on Arena Ice Surfaces
  • Hockey Line Drawings (October 2010, Canadian Recreation Facilities Council)
  • HVAC Maintenance
  • Ice Edger Operational Best Practices (ORFA)
  • Ice Worker Head Protection
  • Indoor Air Quality in Ice Arenas
  • Locker Room Care and Control Suggested Best Practices (ORFA)
  • Maintaining Curling Ice
  • Making Arena Curling Ice (Curl Canada)
  • National Arena Census, December 2005 (CRFC)
  • Natural Resources Canada Arena Energy Research: Influence of the type of Ice Rink Ceiling
  • Natural Resources Canada Arena Energy Research: Management of Ice Temperature
  • Natural Resources Canada Arena Energy Research: Optimization of Ice and Concrete Slab Thickness
  • Natural Resources Canada Arena Energy Research: Optimizing Refrigeration Condensing Temperature
  • Natural Resources Canada Arena Energy Research: Reduction of Lighting Intensity in the Ice Rink
  • Natural Resources Canada Arena Energy Research: Reference Arena
  • Natural Resources Canada Arena Energy Research: Secondary Coolant
  • Natural Resources Canada Arena Energy Research: Temperature Optimization in the Stands
  • Natural Resources Canada Arena Energy Research: Using a Network of Heat Pumps
  • Preventative Maintenance for Recreation Facilities
  • Refrigeration Compressors
  • Save Green by Painting Green
  • Saving Energy at the Rink Helps Keep Ice Costs Down (ORFA)
  • The Great Lighting Debate
  • The Great Lighting Debate, Part 2
  • The Importance of Doing Ice Measurements
  • Tips to Reduce Your Rink’s Electrical Demand Charge (SaskPower and SPRA)
  • Understanding Artificial Ice Operating Temperatures (ORFA)
  • Understanding Fuel Savings in the Boiler Room
  • Vancouver's Legacy of Recreation Facilities

Customer Service

  • Customer Service Tips
  • Excellence in Customer Service - A Guideline
  • Keeping Customers Happy

Facility Management/Supervision/Leadership

  • A Living Laboratory
  • A Mini Facility Management Assessment
  • Arena to assist its neighbours
  • Collaborating for Community Success
  • Concessions - Serving Profit-Packed Ideas
  • Conflict Resolution - Winning With Difficult People
  • Corporate Retention Strategy 1 - Trust
  • Dealing with change - Using Force Field Analysis
  • Decision Making Tips, Part 1
  • Decision Making Tips, Part 2
  • Environmental Certification for Existing Buildings: LEED©
  • Facility Planning and Design Guidelines: Arena (ORFA)
  • Getting ‘Shovel Ready’
  • Hard to say I’m sorry
  • How Showing a Little Appreciation Motivates Employees
  • How to Avoid Being Manipulated by an Employee
  • How to Deal With the Over-dependent Employee
  • How to Remember Names
  • Identifying Candidates for Leadership
  • Inclusive staff training in your recreation facility
  • Knowledge Capital - What do we do with the information?
  • Life Cycle Planning
  • Managing the Generational Differences in the Workplace
  • Massaging Corporate Sponsorships
  • Meetings That Count
  • Multipurpose Recreation Facilities Require Design Considerations
  • Naming Sponsorships Becoming A Tough Sell
  • Notes about Leadership
  • Project Management Checklist for Leading Volunteers
  • Recycling In Recreation Facilities
  • Sample worker orientation checklist (doc)
  • Serving it right? (selling and serving of alcohol)
  • The Art of Onboarding
  • The Benefit of the Doubt
  • Top 12 Reasons for Implementing Succession Planning
  • What Great Supervisors Do Differently
  • What the Best CEOs Know
  • When You're the Top Dog: Three Keys to Leading like a Professional
  • Wringing out Performance
  • Your best project guesstimate??

Occupational Health and Safety/Risk Management

  • 4 Steps to Effective Worker Education and Training (WorkSafeBC)
  • Air Quality Guidelines for Arenas (ORFA)
  • Air Quality Guidelines for Arenas in Nova Scotia (RFANS)
  • Ammonia in Refrigeration Systems (WorkSafeBC)
  • Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs): Guidelines for Recreation Facilities (ORFA)
  • Canadian Fitness Safety Standards (Canadian Fitness Matters)
  • Chainsaw Safety (WorkSafeBC)
  • Chlorine Safe Work Practices (WorkSafeBC)
  • Controlling Exposure: Protecting Workers from Infectious Disease (WorkSafeBC)
  • Emergency Planning and Evacuation (ORFA)
  • Facility Noise – The Potential to Have Long Term Affects (ORFA)
  • Getting Ahead of Head Injuries in Sports and Recreation
  • Guidelines for Entrapment Hazards – Making Pools and Spas Safer (US Product Safety Commission)
  • Guidelines for Reporting Critical Injuries in a Recreation Workplace Involving Non-Workers (ORFA)
  • Hazards of Confined Space for Municipalities (WorkSafeBC)
  • Ice Worker Head Protection (ORFA)
  • Indoor Air in Ice Facilities – Understanding the Issues (ORFA)
  • Indoor Air Quality-A Guideline for Building Owners, Managers and Occupants (WorkSafeBC)
  • Light Bulb Changing – Risks and Responsibilities (ORFA)
  • Managing Safety from the Supervisor’s Perspective (WorkSafeBC)
  • Moulds in Your Home and Facility
  • Personal Lightning Safety Tips
  • Preventing Heat Stress at Work (WorkSafeBC)
  • Propane Use Indoors (ORFA)
  • Public Playground Safety Handbook (US Product Safety Commission)
  • Safe Work Practices for Certified Utility Arborists (WorkSafeBC)
  • Sample Anti-Violence Policy for Recreation Facilities (BC Sport Safe)
  • Self Contained Breathing Apparatus: Refrigeration Mechanical Rooms (ORFA)
  • Skate Sharpening – Safety Tips From the Pros
  • Snow Load Analysis for Public Building Roof Systems (ORFA)
  • Study Reveals Alarming Concussion Trends in Youth Hockey
  • Suggested Guideline for Arena Nets and Pegs (ORFA)
  • Suggested Guidelines for Entry into Mechanical Rooms (ORFA)
  • Suggested Guidelines for Public Skating (ORFA)
  • Those pesky Mice!
  • WHMIS at Work (WorkSafeBC)
  • Wiping Out Graffiti

Park, Recreation and Culture Department Brochures

  • Burnaby Fall 2010 Winter 2011
  • Burnaby Spring and Summer 2010
  • Burnaby Spring and Summer 2011
  • Chilliwack Summer 2010 Leisure Guide
  • Chilliwack Summer 2011 Leisure Guide
  • Chilliwack Winter Spring 2011 Leisure Guide
  • Chilliwack Winter/Spring 2010 Leisure Guide
  • Comox Valley Spring 2011
  • Comox Valley Winter 2010
  • Comox Valley Winter-Spring 2011
  • Coquitlam Spring 2011
  • Coquitlam Summer 2011
  • Coquitlam Winter 2010
  • Delta Fall/Winter 2011 Leisure Guide
  • District of West Kelowna Fall 2010 Leisure Guide
  • District of West Kelowna Spring 2011
  • Elkford Summer 2010 Leisure Guide
  • Elkford Winter Spring 2011
  • Elkford Winter/Spring 2010 Leisure Guide
  • Esquimalt Fall 2010 Active Living Guide
  • Esquimalt Spring/Summer 2010
  • Esquimalt Summer 2011 Active Living Guide
  • Esquimalt Winter Spring 2011
  • Kelowna Fall 2010 Activity and Program Guide
  • Kelowna Spring 2010 Activity and Program Guide
  • Kelowna Summer 2011
  • Kelowna Winter 2010 Activity and Program Guide
  • Kitimat Winter 2010 Recreation Guide
  • Ladysmith Summer 2010 Leisure Guide
  • Lake Country Fall and Winter 2010 Leisure Guide
  • Lillooet 2010 Community Recreation Centre Winter Guide
  • Lumby Winter 2010
  • Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Fall 2010
  • Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Spring 2010
  • Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Summer 2010
  • Mission Spring/Summer 2010 Leisure Guide
  • Nanaimo August 2010 - March 2011 Activity Guide
  • Nelson Winter 2010 Leisure Guide
  • New Westminster Fall 2010 Active Living Guide
  • New Westminster Summer 2010 Active Living Guide
  • New Westminster Winter 2010
  • North Cowichan Fall 2010
  • North Cowichan Spring Summer 2011
  • North Cowichan Summer 2010
  • North Cowichan Winter 2010
  • North, Central Saanich, Sidney Winter/Spring 2010
  • Panorama Recreation Fall 2010
  • Panorama Recreation Summer 2010
  • Penctiton Spring 2011
  • Penticton Fall 2010/Winter 2011
  • Penticton Winter 2010
  • Port Alberni Summer 2010 Healthy Living Guide
  • Port Alberni Summer 2011
  • Port Alberni Winter Spring 2011
  • Port Coquitlam Spring 2011
  • Port Coquitlam Winter 2010
  • Port Moody Fall 2010 Happening Guide
  • Port Moody Spring 2011
  • Port Moody Summer 2010 Happening Guide
  • Port Moody Winter 2010
  • Powell River Winter Spring 2011
  • Prince George Spring/Summer 2010 Leisure Guide
  • Prince Rupert Winter Spring 2011
  • Richmond Fall 2010 Easy Guide
  • Rossland Summer Programs 2010
  • Rossland Winter 2010
  • Saanich Fall 2010
  • Saanich Summer 2010
  • Smithers Winter 2010 Community Recreation Programs
  • Sooke Fall 2010 Leisure Guide
  • Sooke Summer 2010 Leisure Guide
  • South Cowichan Recreation Fall Activity Guide
  • South Cowichan Recreation Summer Activity Guide
  • Squamish Fall 2010 Program Guide
  • Squamish Winter 2010 Program Guide
  • Surrey Fall 2010 Leisure Guide
  • Surrey Winter 2010
  • Township of Langley Spring/Summer March/August 2010 Leisure Guide
  • Trail Spring/Summer April/August 2010
  • Trail Winter 2010
  • Ucluelet Summer Camp 2010 Guide
  • Vernon Leisure Guide Fall/Winter 2010/2011
  • Victoria Spring/Summer 2010
  • West Kelowna Summer 2011 Leisure Guide
  • West Shore Summer 2010
  • West Shore Winter 2010
  • Whistler Recreation Fall 2010/Winter 2011 Program Guide
  • White Rock Fall 2010 Leisure Guide
  • White Rock Winter 2010 Leisure Guide
  • Williams Lake 2010 Winter Active Living Guide

Parks, Sports field, Playspace Maintenance

  • A Guide to Community Tree Planting and Care (Tree Canada)
  • Accessible Playspaces in Canada – A Guideline (Canadian Coalition for Accessible Playspaces)
  • Basic Baseball Field Layout
  • Canada's Largest Water Park Opens
  • Children Living Near Green Spaces Are More Active
  • Cutting Slopes and Around Waterways
  • Economic and Environmental Choices in Parks Fertilization
  • Entire Synthetic Turf Fields Now Being Recycled
  • Field Checklist (Sports Turf Association)
  • Green Space Benefits
  • Green spaces (lawns) are not so green
  • Guidelines for Maintaining Outdoor Ice (ORFA)
  • Guidelines for Movable Soccer Goal Safety
  • Healthy Lawns (Health Canada)
  • Injuries Associated with Playground Equipment (Public Health Agency of Canada)
  • Integrated Pest Management Act
  • Integrated Pest Management Regulation
  • Lawn Maintenance Fact Sheet (Health Canada)
  • Norms and Standards in Synthetic Turf Projects
  • Parking to Parks
  • Playground Best Practices – 11 Steps to a Successful Playground (CPSI)
  • Playing Smart Soccer
  • Pruning Trees and Shrubs
  • Putting a Price on Walkability
  • Q and A about Outdoor Skating Rinks
  • Ramping Up: A Nova Scotia Skatepark Resource (Nova Scotia Health)
  • Soccer - Laws of the Game FIFA 2009-2010
  • The Health Benefits of Parks (The Trust for Public Land)
  • Tips for Building a New Skate Park
  • Trail Specification Guidelines (SPRA)